Sunday, February 20, 2011

Real Love vs. "love" and Subject / Object vs. Nothingness, Part Two

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

Furthermore, for those who have developed a preference for any non-nisargan yoga or who prefer Traditional Advaita Vedanta, Neo-Advaita, Neo-Vedanta, or Pseudo Advaita: here you will only find the use of the Direct Path Method of teaching along with the Nisarga (Natural) Yoga, all shared in simple, everyday English.

F.: Yesterday the distinction was drawn between what the masses take "love" to be vs. That Which Real Love Is. What most think "the world of love" is like is as illusory and as unreal as the imaginary "this world" they have dreamed up and as imaginary as the other worlds they have dreamed up - one being a "better world" where "good" people go forever, and another being a "bad world" where "bad" people go forever.

Maharaj: "The world you can perceive is a very small world indeed. And it is entirely private. Take it to be a dream and be done with it"

and

" ... you and your world are dream states."

Yet the delusions continue - and shall - driving persons to engage in what can only prove to be a futile search for the illusory version of "love" rather than come to know the Real version:

Maharaj: "You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill, imploring God and man - all in vain." To search for what the masses take to be "love" is to search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. So what approach did Maharaj use to remove the blinders so that seekers might Realize Fully and know Real Love?

Maharaj: " ... Nisarga yoga, the Natural yoga. It is the art of living in peace and harmony ... and Love."

Understand the teachings offered by that yoga and then you will understand Maharaj's next pointer: "Love is not a result, it is the very ground of being. Wherever you go, you will find Being, Consciousness and Love."

Then, he offered this pointer which is an adumbration of the key point in yesterday's post that addressed the way that persons delude themselves and others with their claims of "I really love him / her unconditionally" and "She / he truly loves me, and I know that for a fact ... without the slightest doubt":

Maharaj: "Do not pretend that you love others ...."

and

"Unless You have realised them as one with YourSelf, you cannot Love them."

Next, to the visitor who asked: "Is love a feeling or an emotion?"

The distinction is this: Real Love can most assuredly be felt by the Realized, but it is not a "feeling." Real Love just Is; on the other hand, "love" as perceived by the masses, and as spoken of by the masses, is most assuredly an emotion, and emotions and emotional intoxication are the province of the non-Realized.

This was offered to one who attended a retreat:

"What persons call "love' is the most magnificent experience of all; it is also the most horrendous experience of all. With such duality, how can that possibly be taken for The Real?

As for feeling or emotion, if Love manifests and is felt, take the ride and watch feelings rise and watch feelings fall; if 'love' happens as an emotion—that is, if it is being 'experienced' by a person in an ego-state—prepare for war."

Tomorrow: A seeker once asked a question along these lines: "If identification gives way to nothingness, how can nothing and something Real, like Real Love, co-exist?" More on that Monday.